Commercial Aviation News

The latest news and analysis about new airlines and airliners entering service, new routes being opened up by the world’s many carriers, their cabin offerings, and many other topics can be found here. From the future of one long-haul aircraft type to the retirement of another, the mix of airliners that the airlines operate is changing.

Airlines continue to grow in number in Asia while Europe sees operators fold in their challenging mature market but new routes between the two continents continue to be opened. Alliances between airlines shift and mergers have seen fewer airlines in North America while carriers in the Far East have proliferated. Despite China’s dominance in manufacturing and a strong export sector, air freight has stagnated on long-haul routes while internet shopping boosts the industry’s short-haul profitability.

Airlines are constantly having to adopt new technologies and tactics to deal with increasing volumes of passengers, security threats and environmental challenges. More and more biofuels are being approved for use and airlines in recent years have used them for revenue earning flights, while also investing in the most efficient engines.

No Blanket Bailout for British Airlines

The UK chancellor has told airlines and airports not to expect an industry-wide bailout but instead that rescue deals would be formed on an individual basis. Rishi Sunak wrote to airlines yesterday (March 24) detailing that extra measures for the industry would only be used “as a last resort”.

US Travel Ban Could Cost Airlines $2bn in Lost Revenue

The US Government ban on air travel between Europe and the US could cost $2bn in lost revenue over the 30-day suspension period, according to travel and data analytics firm Cirium.

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Coronavirus: Manufacturers Grind to a Halt

No corner of the aviation industry has escaped the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world continues to deal with the crisis, aircraft manufacturers are deploying several measures to cope with the resulting industry downturn, reports Thomas Haynes.

Coronavirus: Airlines Scramble for Survival

The Key Publishing commercial aviation team has put together a list of what some of the biggest names have done so far to deal with this rapidly evolving situation. *all information correct of March 16

Flybe Collapse: Fleet Fallout

Martin Needham provides an overview of the Flybe fleet before crunching the big data to establish where the company’s grounded aircraft are currently located.

Flybe Collapse: Reaction from Westminster and Beyond

Flybe’s collapse has prompted mixed response from the UK government, unions and investors. We review the key comment and insight from this emerging story.

Flybe Collapse: Which Airports are Hardest Hit?

With Flybe comprising almost the entire commercial air schedule at some UK gateways, Airports International editor Tom Allett examines the facilities which will feel the impact most. 

Flybe Collapse: A Disastrous Blow for UK Connectivity

With the blame game already underway, Airliner World editor Gordon Smith offers his analysis following the untimely demise of the regional carrier. 

Coronavirus: Global Airports Respond to COVID-19

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, airports are at the frontline of the mission to stem the spread of the virus. Thomas Haynes examines the effects of the virus on the industry and what is being done to control the spread.

A330-800 Receives Regulatory Greenlight

The European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration have awarded the Airbus A330-800 a joint type certificate.

Corporate and Business Aviation News

On this page you will find the latest news on airlines expanding their fleets and changes in aircraft types, covering a wide range of airlines, countries and regions, whether it’s the growing regions of Asia and Africa or the more mature markets of Europe and North America.

Airlines are also examining new technologies and greater fuel efficiencies on the ground with electric power for taxiing. When passengers board the aircraft they have their faces recognised by a computer instead of airline staff checking boarding passes. Security threats were once hijacking terrorists, but now conflict zones’ airspaces are to be avoided and virus carrying passengers pose a problem for crew and customers alike.

Airlines across the planet are expanding their fleets and sometimes ordering as many aircraft as they have in service or even up to two to three times more. The aim of many airlines is to have the youngest fleet with the most efficient engines, and that may see a mix of orders and leasing. Aircraft development is seeing more truly international collaboration, from Airbus absorbing the Bombardier C series to Boeing and its joint venture with Brazil’s Embraer. Markets are seeing strategic manoeuvres by major players.

In business aviation, the corporate jet market aimed at the time constrained executive is being teased with supersonic jets that could enter service in the 2020s. This market is also seeing onboard technical improvements so aircraft can be tracked anywhere over land and oceans. The larger the corporate jet, the more valuable the asset to be tracked and secure. Another trend in the market has been more demand for larger business aircraft and that is set to continue well into this decade. These larger aircraft are also adopting new features aimed at passenger wellbeing with lower altitude cabin air pressures and lighting that compliments the body’s natural circadian rhythms.

Keep on top of the latest news from the rest of the aviation industry including airport news and aviation engineering.

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